Programme by theme

There are eleven themes running through the scientific programme at BNA2019.  These ensure that the full range of neurocience interests are represented at the Festival.  Each theme is represeted by sympsosia, plenaries, workshops and poster sessions.

  1. Attention, motivation, behaviour
  2. Sensory and motor systems
  3. Neuroendocrinology and autonomic systems
  4. Neuronal, glial and cellular mechanisms
  5. Learning and memory
  6. Genetics and epigenetics
  7. Developmental neuroscience
  8. Psychiatry and mental health
  9. Novel treatments and translational neuroscience
  10. Neurodegenerative disorders and ageing
  11. Methods and techniques

1. Attention, motivation and behaviour

OPENING PLENARY LECTURE - Ray Dolan on 'Decisions, uncertainty and rewards '
P1 - Sunday 14th18:20 - 19:20

Neurobiological candidates for the rapid antidepressant response to ketamine
S5 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

Characterizing addiction using neuroimaging
S13 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

PUBLIC LECTURE - Baba Brinkman's 'Rap Guide to Consciousness'
PbL1, Monday 15th, 18:30 - 19:30

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2. Sensory and motor systems

Neural processes and precursors of self-initiated action
S9 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

Experience-dependent neuronal plasticity: an integrated view across different sensory modalities
S15 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

Sense and sensibility
S20 - Monday 15th, 15:30 - 17:10

Neuromuscular disorders – cutting edge of translation
S23 - Tuesday 16th, 9:30 - 11:10

Vestibular cognition
S30 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10

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3. Neuroendocrinology and autonomic systems

Kisspeptin: a novel regulator of sex hormone secretion and sexual behaviour
S6 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

The neuroendocrinology of programmed rheostasis
S11 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

The BSN Alison Douglas Lecture
SSB - Tuesday 16th 9.30 - 11.10

How stress affects endocrine systems and vice-versa: A brain-hormone crosstalk
S25 - Tuesday 16th, 15:30 -17:10

PLENARY LECTURE - Micheal Meaney on, 'The genetic architecture of individual differences in susceptibility to stress reveals candidate biological mechanisms'
P7 - Tuesday 16th, 17:30 - 18:30

Sleep, and the neuroendocrine systemNeuroendocrinology and autonomic systems
S31 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10

PLENARY LECTURE - Lora Heisler, on ' Hunger games: New insights into the brain control of hunger'
P9 - Wednesday 17th, 11:50-12:50

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4. Neuronal, glial and cellular mechanisms

Impact Factor: Concussion and Brain Health.
S24 - Tuesday 16th, 9:30 - 11:10

Neural stem cells and Brain cancer
S27 - Tuesday 16th, 15:30-17:10

New Molecular Approaches for Understanding Synapses, Circuits, and Behaviour
S33 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10

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5. Learning and memory

Grid Cells Beyond Self-Location
S1- Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

Synaptic plasticity in health and disease
S16 - Monday 15th, 15:30 - 17:10

Within and beyond the medial temporal lobe: brain circuits for place and recognition memory
S29 - Tuesday 16th, 15:30-17:10

Educational neuroscience research into neurocognitive predictors of academic outcome
S35 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10

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6. Genetics and Epigenetics

Epigenetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders 
S10 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

PLENARY LECTURE - Micheal Meaney on, 'The genetic architecture of individual differences in susceptibility to stress reveals candidate biological mechanisms'
P7 - Tuesday 16th, 17:30 - 18:30

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7. Developmental Neuroscience

Brain network development
S4 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

PLENARY LECTURE - Essi Viding, on 'Why do some people become psychopaths?'
P2 - Monday 15th, 8:30 - 9:30

Lifespan development in individuals with Down syndrome and the potential of trisomy 21 as a biological model for the causes of Alzheimer's disease
S14 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

PLENARY LECTURE - Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, on the, 'Prefrontal cortex: the developmental hub of cognitive ontogeny in health and disease'
P5 - 8:30 - 9:30‚Äč, Tuesday 16th April 

PLENARY LECTURE - Suzana Herculano-Houzel, 'What good are more cortical neurons? Live longer and do more!'
P8 - Wednesday 17th, 8:30 - 9:30F

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8. Psychiatry and mental health

Neurobiological candidates for the rapid antidepressant response to ketamine
S5 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

Mental illness in children and adolescents: neuroscience, ethics and practice in psychopharmacology 
S8 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

Epigenetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders 
S10 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

Characterizing addiction using neuroimaging
S13 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

The role of voltage gated calcium channels in neuropsychiatric disorders
S19 - Monday 15th, 15:30 - 17:10

The Microbiome: A Key Regulator of the Impact of Diet on Brain Function
S26 - Tuesday 16th, 15:30 -17:10

PUBLIC LECTURE - Ed Bullmore on 'Inflamed Depression'
PbL2, Tuesday 16th, 18:30 - 19:30

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9. Novel treatments and translational neuroscience

Precision therapy: Antisense oligonucleotides targeting coding and noncoding RNAs for neurological disorders
S3 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

Neurobiological candidates for the rapid antidepressant response to ketamine
S5 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

Cannabinoids: therapeutic potential in CNS disorders 
S17 - Monday 15th, 15:30 - 17:10

New directions in epilepsy research 
S22 - Tuesday 16th, 9:30 - 11:10

Neuromuscular disorders – cutting edge of translation
S23 - Tuesday 16th, 9:30 - 11:10

Advances in Child Neurology 2019 N
S32 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10S32

Vascular Neurology
S34 - Wednesday 17th, 9:30 - 11:10

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10. Neurodegenerative disorders & ageing

The multi-morbid old brain
S2 - Sunday 14th, 13:00 - 14:40

The link between neuroinflammation and dysregulated metabolism in the context of age and Alzheimer's disease
S7 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

Cognitive ageing: Inflammatory mechanisms driving changes in brain plasticity
S12 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

Lifespan development in individuals with Down syndrome and the potential of trisomy 21 as a biological model for the causes of Alzheimer's disease
S14 - Monday 15th, 9:30 - 11:10

Developing disease modifying therapies for Parkinson’s: From molecular mechanisms to clinical trials
S18 - Monday 15th, 15:30 - 17:10

Mitochondria in neurodegeneration and aging: transport, intracellular interactions and bioenergetic function
S21 - Tuesday 16th, 9:30 - 11:10

Let’s stick together- neurodegeneration an expanding disease spectrum
S28 -Tuesday 16th, 15:30-17:10

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11. Methods and techniques

Big Data: Management, Modelling & Collaboration
W1 - Sunday 14th, 16:20 - 18:00

Credibility in neuroscience
W2 - Monday 15th, 09.30 - 11.10

How a journal handles your paper
W3 - Monday 15th, 15.30 - 17.10

The EMBO KEYNOTE LECTURE - Uta Frith on 'The new three Rs and what they mean for neuroscientists: reproducibility, replicability and reliability of research'
P6 - Tuesday 16th, 11:50 - 12:50

'A different state of mind;  Regulating motor cortical excitability using TMS-based neurofeedback'
Talk within ScC - Tuesday 16th, 15.30 - 17.10

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